Calendar

Sep
23
Sat
Eyes on the Skies – Beginning hawk watching 11 am
Sep 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Hawk Ridge has a fascinating history, from gunner’s lair to birdwatcher’s paradise. Over 1,000 raptors per day fly past Hawk Ridge each fall for many reasons, one of which is Lake Superior. These migrating raptors take advantage of the geology of the North Shore to migrate. This program covers the basics of Hawk Ridge History and gives raptor ID basics.

Eyes on the Skies – Beginning hawk watching 1 pm
Sep 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Hawk Ridge has a fascinating history, from gunner’s lair to birdwatcher’s paradise. Over 1,000 raptors per day fly past Hawk Ridge each fall for many reasons, one of which is Lake Superior. These migrating raptors take advantage of the geology of the North Shore to migrate. This program covers the basics of Hawk Ridge History and gives raptor ID basics.

Dragonflies and Kestrels – 2:30 pm
Sep 23 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

American Kestrels and dragonflies share some common traits, even if one is an insect and the other a bird! These aerial predators roam the skies looking for prey and have a series of adaptations to help them capture potential food items. In this program, we will learn about those adaptations, along with other similarities between these two diverse Predators of the Sky!

Evening Owl Programs @ Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory
Sep 23 @ 8:00 pm
Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve is well known for its amazing views of migrating raptors and songbirds throughout the fall season. While visitors may be familiar with the research and education efforts conducted by Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory staff during daylight hours, most people are unaware that we continue working throughout the night!

The evening Owl Program will shine a light onto the mysterious nature of the nocturnal migrants flying over Hawk Ridge. Participants will learn about the research methods being used to study owl activity in the area as well as how to identify many of the species that can be observed in Northern Minnesota by sight and sound.

barred owl

Hawk Ridge Naturalist, Margie, with Barred Owl (photo by A. Geniusz)

DATES: September 23, October 7 and October 21

Time: Program begins at 8 pm. Program length varies from 45 minutes to 2 hours depending on conditions.

LOCATION: This outdoor evening program takes place at the education lecture area at Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve. NOTE: In the past, the Owl Program has been weather dependent and subject to cancellation. This year we are able to offer these programs regardless of the weather. If the weather is deemed inappropriate for an outdoor program, the program will be held at Bagley Outdoor Classroom building on the UMD campus instead. If a change of location happens, ticket holders will be notified via phone about the location change prior to the start of the program.

COST: The cost to attend the owl program is $5 per person.  A maximum of 45 participants may attend each session.

Pre-registration is required.  


Select your date:



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Long-eared Owl banded at Hawk Ridge (photo by K. Stubenvoll)

Cancellation Policy

  • Full refund is available if participant cancels more than two weeks prior; no refund if cancellation occurs less than two weeks prior and cannot be filled by wait list (no-shows do not apply).
  • In the event of illness or injury or family emergency with prior notification, full refund will be given.
  • If Hawk Ridge needs to cancel the program, you will receive 100% refund.
  • If you need to cancel, you must contact us at mail@hawkridge.org or 218-428-6209

QUESTIONS: Contact Education Director, Clinton Nienhaus, at cnienhaus@hawkridge.org, call us at 218-428-6209 or ASK us at Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve between 9am-4pm daily beginning September 1st.

Thanks and we hope to see you at the Ridge this fall!

Sep
24
Sun
Warblers, Waterthrushes, and Waxwings
Sep 24 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Did you know Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory researches songbird migration, as well as raptor migration? This program looks in to our songbird banding and counting that is done every year at Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve. This program serves as a good introduction to bird banding and what we have learned about bird migration through banding.

Summit Ledges Hike 12:30 pm
Sep 24 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Summit Ledges is a great overlook to view raptor migration and the trail to the overlook is a great cross section of Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve. Join staff on a hike discovering the natural history of Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve, to learn a little more about the north woods, and to stretch your legs after a long day of Hawk Watching! This hike will be roughly ¾ of a mile in length and will cover rocky, uneven terrain.

Eyes on the Skies – Beginning hawk watching 1 pm
Sep 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Hawk Ridge has a fascinating history, from gunner’s lair to birdwatcher’s paradise. Over 1,000 raptors per day fly past Hawk Ridge each fall for many reasons, one of which is Lake Superior. These migrating raptors take advantage of the geology of the North Shore to migrate. This program covers the basics of Hawk Ridge History and gives raptor ID basics.

Sep
29
Fri
Take Flight with Hawk Ridge – September 29 @ Pier B Resort
Sep 29 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 

Limited Tickets available by contacting Janelle Long at jlong@hawkridge.org

WHEN: Friday, September 29, 2017

Thanks to Hoops Brewing for being a sponsor at our event! Hoops Brewing, Duluth’s newest craft brewery, is a destination brewery and beer hall located in Duluth’s Canal Park offering a wide array of quality crafted styles

WHERE: Pier B Resort

TIME: 5-9pm

TICKETS: $50/person (limited tickets available until Fri. 9/15)

Dr. Karen Stubenvoll, 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient

You are invited for a special gala for Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory on Friday, September 29, 2017 from 5-9pm at the new Pier B Resort on the waterfront next to Bayfront Park!

Please join us for an important evening and enjoy delicious food, fun fundraiser events, live music, live birds, cash bar and entertaining speaker/storyteller/humorist, Al Batt.

The Hawk Ridge Lifetime Achievement Award will also be presented to Dr. Karen Stubenvoll, former Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory Board Chair, for her much appreciated time, service, passion and dedication to the organization.

If you’re staying for the weekend, we’ll also be offering special private owl programs ($40/member, $50/non) and Saturday evening speaker, Nils Navarro, will be speaking about his book on the Birds of Cuba (FREE members or $5 suggested donation). Registration is required and can be completed with gala registration above.

 

SPEAKER BIO
Al Batt of Hartland, Minnesota is a writer, speaker, storyteller and humorist. Al writes humor and nature columns for many newspapers and does regular radio shows about nature. He writes a number of popular cartoon strips that are syndicated nationally and is author of the book, “A Life Gone to the Birds.” He is a columnist for “Bird Watcher’s Digest” and writes for a number of magazines and books. He is a trustee of the American Bald Eagle Foundation in Haines, Alaska. Al hosted TV shows for many years and speaks at various festivals, conferences and conventions all over the world. He has received the Ed Franey Conservation Media Award from the Izaak Walton League and the Thomas Sadler Roberts Award from the Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union for lifetime contributions to birding. Al speaks to anyone who will listen. His mother thinks he is special.

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Sep
30
Sat
Eyes on the Skies – Beginning hawk watching 11 am
Sep 30 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Hawk Ridge has a fascinating history, from gunner’s lair to birdwatcher’s paradise. Over 1,000 raptors per day fly past Hawk Ridge each fall for many reasons, one of which is Lake Superior. These migrating raptors take advantage of the geology of the North Shore to migrate. This program covers the basics of Hawk Ridge History and gives raptor ID basics.

Summit Ledges Hike 12:30 pm
Sep 30 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Summit Ledges is a great overlook to view raptor migration and the trail to the overlook is a great cross section of Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve. Join staff on a hike discovering the natural history of Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve, to learn a little more about the north woods, and to stretch your legs after a long day of Hawk Watching! This hike will be roughly ¾ of a mile in length and will cover rocky, uneven terrain.

Bird Brained – Corvid Intelligence 2:30 pm
Sep 30 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Corvids are a diverse group of birds including Jays, Crows, Ravens, and Magpies in our area. These birds have a unique set of characteristics, most notably, their intelligence! Come learn why the phrase “bird-brained” may actually be a compliment and dive in to the behavioral ecology, migration, and brains of these wonderful birds.

Evening Speaker Series – Birds of Cuba @ Bagley Outdoor Classroom
Sep 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Cuba holds a diverse avian community consisting of 397 species, 7% of which are endemic to the archipelago. With such  a high level of endemism, Cuba is an important area of interest, considering endemic species and conservation. Join Nils Navarro, author of the book, Endemic Birds of Cuba: A Comprehensive Field Guide, as a tool for the conservation efforts in Cuba, as he talks about how he wrote the this useful guide linking art and science, and how it helps in the conservation of Cuban birds.

Oct
1
Sun
Eyes on the Skies – Beginning hawk watching 11 am
Oct 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Hawk Ridge has a fascinating history, from gunner’s lair to birdwatcher’s paradise. Over 1,000 raptors per day fly past Hawk Ridge each fall for many reasons, one of which is Lake Superior. These migrating raptors take advantage of the geology of the North Shore to migrate. This program covers the basics of Hawk Ridge History and gives raptor ID basics.

Raptor Spirit- 1 pm
Oct 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Birds of prey have a significant history in Native American cultures, both in the northern U.S. and the southern U.S. Species like Bald Eagles, Great Horned Owls, Red-tailed Hawks, and even crows and ravens all hold special significance to Native cultures in the United States. This program investigates the relationships between birds of prey and the Native American cultures that held them in esteem.

Eyes on the Skies – Beginning hawk watching 2:30
Oct 1 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Hawk Ridge has a fascinating history, from gunner’s lair to birdwatcher’s paradise. Over 1,000 raptors per day fly past Hawk Ridge each fall for many reasons, one of which is Lake Superior. These migrating raptors take advantage of the geology of the North Shore to migrate. This program covers the basics of Hawk Ridge History and gives raptor ID basics.

Oct
7
Sat
Summit Ledges Hike 10:00 am
Oct 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Summit Ledges is a great overlook to view raptor migration and the trail to the overlook is a great cross section of Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve. Join staff on a hike discovering the natural history of Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve, to learn a little more about the north woods, and to stretch your legs after a long day of Hawk Watching! This hike will be roughly ¾ of a mile in length and will cover rocky, uneven terrain.

Eyes on the Skies – Beginning hawk watching 12 pm
Oct 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Hawk Ridge has a fascinating history, from gunner’s lair to birdwatcher’s paradise. Over 1,000 raptors per day fly past Hawk Ridge each fall for many reasons, one of which is Lake Superior. These migrating raptors take advantage of the geology of the North Shore to migrate. This program covers the basics of Hawk Ridge History and gives raptor ID basics.

Evening Owl Programs @ Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory
Oct 7 @ 8:00 pm
Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve is well known for its amazing views of migrating raptors and songbirds throughout the fall season. While visitors may be familiar with the research and education efforts conducted by Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory staff during daylight hours, most people are unaware that we continue working throughout the night!

The evening Owl Program will shine a light onto the mysterious nature of the nocturnal migrants flying over Hawk Ridge. Participants will learn about the research methods being used to study owl activity in the area as well as how to identify many of the species that can be observed in Northern Minnesota by sight and sound.

barred owl

Hawk Ridge Naturalist, Margie, with Barred Owl (photo by A. Geniusz)

DATES: September 23, October 7 and October 21

Time: Program begins at 8 pm. Program length varies from 45 minutes to 2 hours depending on conditions.

LOCATION: This outdoor evening program takes place at the education lecture area at Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve. NOTE: In the past, the Owl Program has been weather dependent and subject to cancellation. This year we are able to offer these programs regardless of the weather. If the weather is deemed inappropriate for an outdoor program, the program will be held at Bagley Outdoor Classroom building on the UMD campus instead. If a change of location happens, ticket holders will be notified via phone about the location change prior to the start of the program.

COST: The cost to attend the owl program is $5 per person.  A maximum of 45 participants may attend each session.

Pre-registration is required.  


Select your date:



longearred

Long-eared Owl banded at Hawk Ridge (photo by K. Stubenvoll)

Cancellation Policy

  • Full refund is available if participant cancels more than two weeks prior; no refund if cancellation occurs less than two weeks prior and cannot be filled by wait list (no-shows do not apply).
  • In the event of illness or injury or family emergency with prior notification, full refund will be given.
  • If Hawk Ridge needs to cancel the program, you will receive 100% refund.
  • If you need to cancel, you must contact us at mail@hawkridge.org or 218-428-6209

QUESTIONS: Contact Education Director, Clinton Nienhaus, at cnienhaus@hawkridge.org, call us at 218-428-6209 or ASK us at Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve between 9am-4pm daily beginning September 1st.

Thanks and we hope to see you at the Ridge this fall!

Oct
8
Sun
Summit Ledges Hike 10:00 am
Oct 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Summit Ledges is a great overlook to view raptor migration and the trail to the overlook is a great cross section of Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve. Join staff on a hike discovering the natural history of Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve, to learn a little more about the north woods, and to stretch your legs after a long day of Hawk Watching! This hike will be roughly ¾ of a mile in length and will cover rocky, uneven terrain.

Eyes on the Skies – Beginning hawk watching 12 pm
Oct 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Hawk Ridge has a fascinating history, from gunner’s lair to birdwatcher’s paradise. Over 1,000 raptors per day fly past Hawk Ridge each fall for many reasons, one of which is Lake Superior. These migrating raptors take advantage of the geology of the North Shore to migrate. This program covers the basics of Hawk Ridge History and gives raptor ID basics.

Goshawk Hotspot 2 pm
Oct 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve is one of the best places in the US to see Northern Goshawks during migration. But what makes this place so special? Northern Goshawks are a boreal forest species that has irruptive movements depending on prey availability. This program highlights some of the strong migrations witnessed at Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve and investigates Northern Goshawk biology and history.

Oct
14
Sat
Eyes on the Skies – Beginning hawk watching 10 am
Oct 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Hawk Ridge has a fascinating history, from gunner’s lair to birdwatcher’s paradise. Over 1,000 raptors per day fly past Hawk Ridge each fall for many reasons, one of which is Lake Superior. These migrating raptors take advantage of the geology of the North Shore to migrate. This program covers the basics of Hawk Ridge History and gives raptor ID basics.

Summit Ledges Hike 12:00 pm
Oct 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Summit Ledges is a great overlook to view raptor migration and the trail to the overlook is a great cross section of Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve. Join staff on a hike discovering the natural history of Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve, to learn a little more about the north woods, and to stretch your legs after a long day of Hawk Watching! This hike will be roughly ¾ of a mile in length and will cover rocky, uneven terrain.

Bird Behavior – 2 pm
Oct 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Birds are easily observed at a backyard feeder or along a walk through the woods. But, have you ever stopped to watch some of their behaviors? Some species flock, while others do not. Some species have elaborate distraction displays and others camouflage to keep themselves safe from predators. This program will investigate some of the fascinating bird behaviors that can be observed right in your backyard!

Evening Speaker Series – Conserving Migratory Birds: From the Tropics to your Backyard @ Bagley Outdoor Classroom
Oct 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

As threats to bird populations increase, the need for focused conservation efforts is greater than ever. Ryan Brady (WDNR Conservation Biologist – Ashland) will discuss his work with the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative and highlight some of their important projects across the state, with special emphasis on migratory birds such as warblers, thrushes, vireos, orioles, hummingbirds, tanagers and more. Recognizing that preserving bird populations is something to which we all can and should contribute, Ryan will also specify habitat improvements and other actions that everyone can implement to help birds in their own backyards.

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